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"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been Removed therefrom and no bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."

Friday, March 9, 2012

Spotlighting The Champaign County Preservation Alliance

From the "Urbana Daily Citizen" newspaper, Urbana, Ohio:

"County Preservation Alliance seeks members and support"
Special to the Citizen
Friday, March 09, 2012

"The Champaign County Preservation Alliance annual membership drive is under way. Mailings have been sent to the membership for renewal. Those interested in preservation and the restoration of buildings, homes, monuments or markers may wish to consider joining. Projects include two facade matching grants awarded annually to area residents. The applications are available at the Chamber of Commerce on Miami Street and by contacting the CCPA, P.O.Box 748, Urbana, Ohio 43078. Deadline for submission is July 31, and the grants will be awarded Aug. 31.

Renovation continues on the ground floor of the Second Baptist Church in Mechanicsburg with new wiring, repositioning heating and air duct work, and replacing flooring for a concrete pad. The next phase will include kitchen renovation.

The group is working on the 3rd annual Classy Trash and Treasures Auction to be held March 31 at the Mabry Auction Gallery on North Main Street, Urbana. Donations for the auction are being accepted until March 28. For details, contact Barb at 653-4776.

"We are in need of donations and we encourage everyone to attend the auction for a day filled with food, fun, laughter and great bargains." said Barb Perry, event chair.

New projects include The Tombstone Trail, a tour of county cemeteries, and the Sowles Hotel restoration. For more information or to work on the Tombstone Trail project, contact Brad Bodenmiller, 652-4322. To be involved in the community committee to restore the Sowles, contact Sandy Gonzalez, 653-4023.

The group promotes rail history with the restoration of a rail car at the Depot on Miami Street. It will be used as an educational center.

The August 2011 train trip was a sell-out and the CCPA is awaiting a contract with the rail company to prepare for the train trip in August.

The annual Historic Home and Garden Tour is in its 20th year and draws 1,000-plus guests. The tour is the major fund-raising event for the group. The goal is to demonstrate the feasibility of restoring and renovating older homes to fit the needs of today's families without destroying the integrity of the structure.

"Hundreds of volunteers make this tour possible. It would be wonderful to have each one of them as a member of the CCPA," said Sandy Gonzalez, tour chair and board member. "Our dues allow us to continue our current projects and pursue new projects and activities."

There are "'active" members participating in the Home and Garden Tour, working the Oktoberfest, participating in the Art Affair, the train trips, the Tombstone Trail or volunteering for other activities. "Inactive" members support the organization through membership dues."